Next up was the Waukee High School A Cappella Choir, conducted by Amy Voorhees-Hall. They performed a variety of pieces from many different cultures. They closed with Jake Runestad's "Nyon, Nyon," which they performed with wild choreography. This choir left the audience in a great mood!
The Concordia Singers of the Nittany Valley Children's Choir were led by Sarah Shafer, the daughter of the ensemble's regular conductor. This group of young singers was so focused and driven throughout their performance. They were well-rehearsed, and it showed in their beautiful sound. They premiered a very interesting piece called "The Hall" by Joseph Gregorio, and I found their performance to be quite moving. It was inspiring to hear such skilled young musicians!
The last group to perform was the Utah State University Chamber Singers, conducted by Cory Evans. Their set included classical, spiritual, and sacred music. There were solo parts in several of the pieces, all of which were performed with gorgeous expression. It was a great end to a fantastic concert!
-Juliana Child, Ithaca College '18